British Talent Cup expands in 2020 with guaranteed World Junior Moto3 ride - Bikesport News

British Talent Cup expands in 2020 with guaranteed World Junior Moto3 ride

Higgs with Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta
Higgs with Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta

Dorna and British Superbike bosses have announced an expanded British Talent Cup for 2020 which will see the winner guaranteed a World Junior Moto3 ride as the main prize.

After two seasons in its current format, the British Talent Cup will be expanded to a thrilling ten round, twenty-race championship from 2020 – 2022.

The series will be restricted to riders between 12 and 17 years of age, with teams and riders open to enter in a traditional manner.

The technical regulations will mirror the highly successful Dorna-promoted European Talent Cup, which specifies the exclusive use of an essentially standard specification Honda NSF 250 R motorcycle.

Part of Dorna’s Road to MotoGP programme, the British Talent Cup will become the sole British Moto3 Championship class. There will be two races at each event, nine supporting the British Superbike Championship (BSB) and a season highlight racing at the British Grand Prix.

The provisional 2020 BTC calendar will start with a pre-season test in Spain in March, ahead of visits to ten different circuit configurations; Assen, Brands Hatch GP, Donington Park National and GP, Knockhill, Oulton Park, Silverstone National and GP, Snetterton and Thruxton.

“This evolution of the British Talent Cup is a good and logical step forward for prototype racing in the UK for the next three years,” said BSB choef Stuart Higgs.

“To have a single British championship on proven, high quality, affordable and equal machinery, with a guaranteed follow through to the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, represents the best way for our partners Dorna to find the UK’s fastest and freshest potential MotoGP talent.”

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